Skier Elena Fanchini has died

This Wednesday, the Italian ski federation (FISI) announced the death, at only 37 years old, of Elena Fanchini. The former skier died of cancer.

Italian but also global alpine skiing is in mourning. This Wednesday, the Italian Ski Federation (FISI) announced the death of Elena Fanchini, just 37 years old, from cancer. It is since the year 2018 that Elena Fanchini, sister of Nadia and Sabrina, knew that she was suffering from this terrible disease. At that time, this had therefore notably prevented her from taking part in the Winter Olympics of the same year.which took place near Pyeongchang in South Korea.

Also in 2018, the Italian attempted a return to competition after having had a cancerous tumor removed. At the same time, the Transalpine had fallen during training before a disputed super-G on the side of Copper Mountain, in the State of Colorado. The balance sheet had been very heavy, with a fracture at the level of a fibula as well as serious bruises on his left knee.

Fanchini had retired in 2020

Thereafter, Elena Fanchini had never been seen again in competition. And her official retirement then took place in the year 2020. In its sad announcement, the FISI specifies that she died at home, in her home located in Solato, near Brescia. The former skier, a true specialist in speed events, notably became vice-world downhill champion in 2005.

As for the Alpine Skiing World Cup, Elena Fanchini had managed to win a total of two runs, and more precisely that of Lake Louise in Canada, during the month of December 2005, then that of Cortina d’Ampezzo, at home, in Italy, ten years later. The skier had also managed to climb on two other podiums. But his career had above all been marred by numerous injuries. Moreover, she said in particular that her knees were “made of glass”.


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